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Creative Juice #143

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Creative Juice #143

Gorgeous ideas to jump-start your imagination.

In the Meme Time: Do You Live Here?

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In the Meme Time: Do You Live Here?

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Author Platform: Tweet As Your Character! by Web Design Relief

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Author Platform: Tweet As Your Character! by Web Design Relief

This article has been reprinted with the permission of Web Design Relief.  Whether you’re just starting out or a best-selling author, Web Design Relief will improve your existing website or build you an affordable, custom author website to support your author platform, boost your online presence, and act as a hub for your social media outreach. Web Design Relief is a division of Writer’s Relief, a highly recommended author’s submission service. Sign up for their free e-publication for writers, Submit Write Now! Visit the site today to learn more.

characterWhen you’re looking for a cutting edge way to build your brand on social media, sometimes the answer is found by stepping outside yourself—and into the persona of your book’s main character!

Why, you ask? Just like trying to get an excerpt of your novel published in a literary journal, setting up a Twitter account with a good-sized following can show agents and publishers that your story has mass appeal. Each new follower your character accumulates can grow into a potential reader, so you can build up a fan base before your masterpiece even hits the shelves!

Here’s What You Need To Know About How To Tweet As Your Character:

All the same rules apply. Even though your character may be fictional, the Twitterverse operates under real life “laws.” Tweet regularly with original well-thought-out content. Follow accounts with similar interests/themes. Respond to others and try for retweets. Check out our article for Twitter Tips: 11 Ways To Gain More Followers.

Come prepared. If you want to create a successful account, you need to have a REALLY good sense of your character’s background and voice before you start tweeting as him/her. While you may find that your character will develop and evolve with time during this endeavor, you’ll run out of material after a while if you don’t master the subtle nuances of their personality from the beginning. (For more on this, read  Character Development In Stories and Novels and 5 Ways To Make Your Characters More Three-Dimensional.)

Get in his/her head. People will identify with what they feel is a believable persona, even if they know it’s just a character. Try your best to remove yourself from the experience for the purest level of expression. Have him or her talk about what’s going on that day in regular, day-to-day situations.

Don’t feel limited by the story. Just because your book is set in another time or an unusual place doesn’t mean that your character isn’t right for Twitter. Your character can tweet from another planet or a medieval courtyard. In fact, exotic settings may drum up intrigue. On a related note, don’t feel as though you have to confine what he/she is saying to the parameters of the book itself—it can take place before or after your story, or be completely removed from it altogether.

Respond to trends. Because Twitter is the most fast-paced of the social media sites, you have the opportunity for constant “tweet-spiration.” For example, if you’ve written a romance novel, have your young female protagonist live tweet during episodes of Girls. If your protagonist is a CEO, comment on the latest business news. If you’ve got at YA book, you’re especially lucky because you can chime in on a lot of the teen culture trending topics. The possibilities are endless.

Don’t get in trouble. Twitter does, in fact, have its own policy in reference to “Parody, Comedy, and Fan Accounts,” so be sure to get familiar with these guidelines if what you’re going to be tweeting could be controversial.

With the popularity of parody accounts like Lord Voldemort and Fake AP Stylebook, you can hop onto this trend while simultaneously building interest in your book. Granted, while those big names attract a lot of attention because they’re well known, that doesn’t mean your main character can’t rise up in the ranks among them. Ultimately, what sets the best tweeters apart from the hundreds of millions of active users is how compelling and original your contributions are.

QUESTION: What would your main character’s Twitter persona be like?

Authors: 22 Quick Tips For Getting More Retweets!

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Authors: 22 Quick Tips For Getting More Retweets!

Thank you to good people at Web Design Relief for today’s guest post.

This article has been reprinted with the permission of Web Design Relief, a highly recommended author website design service. We understand writers and their marketing goals and seek to design websites specific to those needs. Visit our site today to learn more.

Previously posted on February 12, 2015 by Web Design Relief Staff.

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When it comes to spreading the word about your writing, you may already know about the power of Twitter. But tweeting regularly is just the first step in making Twitter work for you—you also want your Twitter followers to retweet (or RT) your tweets. To get more retweets to boost your reach, increase followers, and build your readership, try these tips!

How To Get More Retweets (For Authors)

  1. Share shortened links. Twitter users love interesting content. Just be sure to shorten links using a site like bitly.
  1. Ask for retweets. Though it may feel presumptuous, you’re more likely to see your tweet retweeted if you ask readers to “Please RT!”
  1. Talk about something other than yourself. What you had for breakfast may be interesting, but mundane tweets don’t offer practical info that’s fun to pass along.
  1. Be clever, funny, and surprising. If you are going to share observations from your daily life, be sure your commentary is scintillating. In other words, tweet like a creative writer! The wittier your tweet, the more likely it will be shared.
  1. Spread breaking news. When news hits the headlines in your field, be among the first to share it with your followers, and you’ll be more likely to see your tweet retweeted.
  1. RT other people’s links and news. Not only does this show you’re a community player, but YOU could get more followers by sharing other people’s cool tips, links, and news.
  1. Share quotations (using quotation marks). Twitter users love pithy quotes, especially when those quotes use quotation marks. Punctuation wins! And if the person you’re quoting is on Twitter, use their Twitter handle: @AUTHORHANDLE.
  1. Vary your content. Keep your readers coming back to your feed by posting lots of different kinds of posts, from personal observations, to videos, to retweeted news.
  1. Offer practical, helpful info. When a reader can actually make practical use of info in a tweet, it’s more likely to be retweeted.
  1. Share promos and good deals. Heard of a great deal on a book? Or is your own book on sale? People love to save money (and RT deals, contests, and opportunities).
  1. Be conversational but grammatical. Avoid stiff language. Be smart about your grammar—no one wants to retweet a mistake! Learn to write shorter tweets.
  1. Use one or two hashtags (and no more). Find out more about hashtags here.
  1. Ask questions. Engage your followers with simple questions (Example: Do your prefer pen or pencil? E-book or paperback?) that can be easily retweeted. And leave room for a reply. Include a short hashtag too!
  1. Come up with ideas for RTing games. Start an online rhyming game or a poetry game, and ask for retweets from players.
  1. Give prizes for RTs. Host a contest with a giveaway. Users must retweet to enter to win.
  1. Don’t overcapitalize. Twitter readers tend to prefer tweets to be capitalized the way that sentences are capitalized. Avoid ALL CAPS.
  1. Share videos and images. Posts with a visual component are especially popular.
  1. Tweet on the weekends. To reach individuals (as opposed to businesses), some experts suggest tweeting on the weekends. You can schedule your tweets to boost your efficiency.
  1. Tweet during the day. There’s a bit of disagreement about the best time to tweet, but many experts point to afternoons (Eastern Time) for the highest activity. Experiment to discover what works best for your audience.
  1. Tweet a lot. Twitter success can depend on the volume of your tweets. In other words, the more you tweet, the more likely you’ll get retweets.
  1. Don’t commit any of the eleven deadly sins of social networking.
  1. Be excited! When you share an exciting piece of news (with exclamation points), people are happy to pass along the happy!

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QUESTION: Are you on Twitter? Post a link to your profile!

In the Meme Time: R is for Rewrite

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In the Meme Time: R is for Rewrite

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In the Meme Time: Eh…Again

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In the Meme Time: Eh…Again

Found on Twitter. Similar to Earth–Eh?

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